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by Caitlyn Smith Caitlyn Smith


by Caitlyn Smith Caitlyn Smith




Prior to releasing her major-label debut, Starfire, in early 2018, Caitlyn Smith built up an impressive résumé as a professional songwriter, penning hits for Cassadee Pope ("Wasting All These Tears") and Meghan Trainor & John Legend ("Like I'm Gonna Lose You"). Those two examples suggest the Nashville-based songwriter isn't strictly country, yet Smith is rooted in country, as evidenced by her songs being cut by Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Lady Antebellum. Still, Starfire doesn't precisely feel like a country album, existing somewhere between the melodramatic country-pop of Carrie Underwood, the soft sway of Lady Antebellum, and the refined mainstream pop of Sheryl Crow. Starfire might be a little hard to peg, but that's also its charm: it's the rare kind of singer/songwriter album where the exquisitely sculpted songs are given big, lavish arrangements that swing for the fences. As a singer, Smith is more than capable of navigating these sweeping strings, but she also feels equally at home in more intimate settings such as the album centerpiece "This Town Is Killing Me" and the throwback "Tacoma." If it's hard to place what format is best suited for Starfire, it's also true that it's refreshing to hear a singer/songwriter album with a bold personality that by no means sounds like a demo tape. These are fully realized versions of Smith's repertoire, and if Starfire doesn't click commercially, at least it stands as a testament to all that this fine songwriter can do as a performer.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2018
Label: Monument Records
UPC: 0889854987329
catalogNumber: 549873
Rank: 122594


  1. Before You Called Me Baby
  2. Do You Think About Me
  3. Starfire
  4. East Side Restaurant
  5. Don't Give Up on My Love
  6. This Town Is Killing Me
  7. St. Paul
  8. Tacoma
  9. Scenes From a Corner Booth at Closing Time on a Tuesday
  10. Contact High
  11. House of Cards
  12. Cheap Date

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Caitlyn Smith   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
Gordie Sampson   Piano
Tyler Burkum   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Ian Fitchuk   Organ,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Piano (Upright)
Paul Moak   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Pipe organ,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic),Piano (Upright)
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Eleonore Denig   Violin
Cara Fox   Cello
Kevin Whitsett   Bass,Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Bobby Chase   Viola
Benjamin Kaufman   Violin

Technical Credits

Bob DiPiero   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Luke Dick   Composer
Paul Moak   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Troy Verges   Composer
Sarah Buxton   Composer
Caitlyn Smith   Composer
Kate York   Composer
Matt Jenkins   Composer
Steven Lee Olsen   Composer
Jeremy Lardani   Composer
Katie McCartney   Art Direction
Devin Vaughan   Engineer
Rollie Gaalswyk   Composer
Jonathan Green   Composer

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